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August 30, 2011 12:18 am

The BP Trading Post: A Look at the Corners

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Michael Street

Michael examines fantasy trade-deadline swaps and how fantasy owners are valuing some prominent corner infielders.

Though it’s late in the season, our new Trading Post tool (explained at its unveiling by Derek Carty) can tell us a lot about how owners make pennant-drive trades, whether it’s keeper owners dumping big names for future success, or contending owners chasing specific categories. As Derek and Michael Jong have already shown, Trading Post can show us whether owners believe in certain player performances, both year-to-date and during the season’s final month. BP writers can also look at the fascinating back end of the TP engine to see the specific trades involved and look for dump trades or category-chasing. Since corner infielders and designated hitters are my Value Picks beat, those are the positions I’ll be looking at here—a selection of overperformers, underperformers, and players with different long- and short-term expectations.

Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | 1B

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August 24, 2011 5:00 am

The BP Trading Post: Top Catchers and Resurgent Shortstops

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Michael Jong

A look at how the fantasy trade market is currently valuing Joe Mauer, Alex Avila, J.J. Hardy, Jhonny Peralta, Ben Zobrist, and Darwin Barney.

Since my weekly stint on Value Picks deals with the land of up-the-middle defensive positions, it seems only fitting that my article in this week's BP Trading Post also deals with the valuing of trades involving some of the top names in terms of catchers, second basemen, and shortstops. Here are a couple of names at each position who have performed radically different than their preseason expectations, along with how fantasy owners are treating them trade-wise as the season winds down. For the sake of reference, the details about the cards and what they mean have been copied from Derek Carty's inaugural piece and pasted below.

Trading Post Card Explanation
Each player discussed in Trading Post will receive a “Trading Post Card.” This card will be jam-packed with useful information about each player’s trading profile. It will list information about the player himself, look at every trade the player has been involved in over the past two weeks and every player he’s been traded for, and give information about the average player he’s been traded for. Hopefully these cards will be self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure what anything means, here’s an explanation of everything:


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In this new column, BP's fantasy expert discusses the rookie middle-infield crop and the values of various players on the trade market.

Today, I’m proud to announce a brand new BP Fantasy column that has been in the works for quite a while that I’m incredibly excited about. Trading Post will offer insight heretofore unavailable to fantasy baseball players. Using a unique combination of PECOTA rest-of-season projections and CBS’ archive of every fantasy baseball trade that every player has been involved in this season, Trading Post will delve into the value you can expect to receive via trade for the players on your fantasy squad. It will also be able to tell you which players are being undervalued on the trade market and make for good targets. While some fantasy analysis will look at a player’s cold streak and slap a “Buy Low” tag on him, Trading Post will be able to say whether you can actually buy the player low and, if so, will be able to quantify just how “low” he can be bought.

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The 2011 season has seen a flood of middle-infield prospects recalled to take over full-time jobs as rookies—Dustin Ackley, Brett Lawrie, Jason Kipnis, Jemile Weeks, Zach Cozart, Johnny Giavotella, Darwin Barney, and Dee Gordon, to name a few. In this inaugural Trading Post, I’ll look at the cream of the middle-infield crop and see how they’re being valued on the trade market, tossing in a few veteran middle infielders as well.

Trading Post Card Explanation
Each player discussed in Trading Post will receive a “Trading Post Card.” This card will be jam-packed with useful information about each player’s trading profile. It will list information about the player himself, look at every trade the player has been involved in over the past two weeks and every player he’s been traded for, and give information about the average player he’s been traded for. Hopefully these cards will be self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure what anything means, here’s an explanation of everything:


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